N.J. QB getting lots of attention

There's been a constant stream of contact lately between college coaches and Marlton, N.J., quarterback Demetrius Richardson. The Cherokee High School signal-caller has interest from schools in all parts of the country and could be closing in on a couple of offers.

Richardson, when asked who he talks to most, reeled off a laundry list of assistant coaches.

"Coach [Derrick] Jackson from Syracuse, Coach [Tim] Cross from Minnesota, Coach [Liam] Klein from Georgia Tech, Coach [Ron] Vanderlinden from Penn State, Coach [Phil] Galiano from Florida International, Coach [Matt] Cersosimo at Connecticut and Coach [John] Donovan from Maryland."

While it's obvious Richardson is on the radar of many schools, he said a lot of the coaches want to see him perform at combines and at their summer camps before extending an offer.

Richardson visited Penn State for its Junior Day and has been at Rutgers many times. He will visit Syracuse this weekend for its spring game, but other visits are up in the air at the moment.

As far as his recruitment, Richardson has changed things around a little. He once considered Rutgers his favorite, but when asked if that still held true, he backed off his earlier assertion.

"Not so much as of right now," he said. "I haven't really heard a lot from Rutgers. I mean they were recruiting me harder before now, but now other schools are recruiting me harder than them, like Syracuse. I mean Rutgers hasn't really made an attempt to contact."

Despite that, Richardson thinks Rutgers, along with Syracuse, may be the closest schools to offering. He does, however, have two offers he is looking for most.

"Rutgers or Georgia Tech," he said. "I already know Syracuse is going to offer sooner or later but it would have to be those two."

Richardson is also hoping a couple of west-coast powers—UCLA and Southern Cal—will take interest him. He has been in contact with Oregon and other Northwest schools, but so far nothing from further south.

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds with good speed, Richardson could play a number of positions. While most schools are recruiting him as a quarterback—the position he prefers—he said he may ultimately end up a wide receiver or tight end, or even on defense.

"I've heard a lot of things," he said. "I mean they'd say I'm a good athlete and I could play anything but they said they're recruiting me as a quarterback first but I could change positions with my athleticism."

At the moment, Richardson is not sure when he'll make a decision. He had plans to choose a school at the end of the summer but he might wait.

"I was hoping to commit before the season started and get it over with, but if that doesn't happen I'll probably take all my visits and make a decision after the season," he said.

Last season, Richardson threw for 1,220 yards and 11 touchdowns and ran for over 600 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named to the All-South Jersey second team and third team All-Group 4.

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